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[Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

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don

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Post Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:58 am

[Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

[Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

Chat is pervasive throughout our enterprise. Its use is an integral part of how most businesses get work done.  It is understandable considering how much faster it is than talking on the phone or even sending an email.  The ability to exchange information in real-time, cutting right to the chase, is what makes instant messaging (IM) so enticing to corporate society.  The problem is that users are just as susceptible if not more so to malicious attacks, since they have not been educated as to the dangers that IM can bring.  This is why I chose to eliminate my dependence on outside entities for my organizations internal chatting needs.

Each month, I do my best to find an interesting topic to focus on or a new project that I can share.  I sought out a way that could eliminate third party chat clients, namely AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and outside servers that are not in our control. I also sought to do this all while making the project cost effective and more secure.  That was the intent, anyhow, but sadly I fell short.  And this is where I need your help.


This month, member feedback is even more crucial as we try to help RichM on his quest for secure, cost effective corporate IM.

Don
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Post Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:15 am

Re: [Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

RichM,

  I am not sure if you even want to look at this... But my company uses Microsoft Office Communicator 2005. The cost is not the cheapest but I think it works out to be like $800 for the server and $30 per client. It is basically the MSN messenger client made a little custom to work on your own servers so you have full control over it. Another tool we use is called "Groove Virtual Office" www.groove.net the Groove program is really nice and lets you share work spaces in to little or big groups where you can post calendars, notes, files, and much more. It also has Chat, Messaging, & IM built in. I know you are probably looking for free or open source programs but I did want to let you know what my company uses just in case you found some magic funding some where.

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Post Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:05 am

Re: [Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

Brian,

I appreciate your post and the technology sounds interesting, but unfortunately we have no budget for IT, let alone information security. I will keep this in mind in case I do find that magic funding well this, or a security course in HI :)
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Post Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:42 pm

Re: [Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

Submitted to digg:

http://www.digg.com/security/Help_RichM ... erprise_IM

BTW - Here's a link to AIM Enterprise Partners. This may help you get your research going in more directions.

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Post Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:30 pm

Re: [Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

Dugg! 
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Post Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:08 pm

Re: [Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

if all the chat is internal how about running a silc server?
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Post Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:43 am

Re: [Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

ChrisG,

I think that silc is great and I did consider it, but I am hesitant to give my users the ability to stream video and take up that much bandwidth.  I am definitely interested in it, but considering how much info. is spread out (in various forms), I thought jabber would be a fun project that could ramp up to more advanced tools like silc. 

If nothing else I could see my internal IT department using a silc server, making the most of various tutorials that are available to our community, some of which are hosted on this site.
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Post Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:29 pm

Re: [Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

well i only mentioned it for secure IM not really for streaming media
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Post Sun Feb 04, 2007 1:38 am

Re: [Article]-Help RichM Secure Enterprise IM

I think I have a solution to your problem,there is a plugin for Gaim called Gaim-Encryption,it features:

Automatically creates a public/private key pair for you upon loading the plugin.

Automatically transmits your public key to other users.

Supports 512 - 4096 bit keys.

Saves keys of known users, and warns you if their public key has changed.Embeds all encryption and keys inside HTML, so if the other user doesn't have the plugin, they will get a little message telling them about the plugin, and won't get a screen full of garbage.

Stores keys in human readable files in your .gaim directory, in case you ever need to copy/edit them by hand.

Modular and extensible. If you want to define a different type of encryption, you can use this plugin as a wrapper to take care of transporting the encrypted binary over the IM pipe.

It supports installation through:Linux on iPAQ,
Ubuntu,Debian,Gentoo,Mandriva,Fedora,CVS and Source.

Hope this works for you,
Justin.

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